Petric wary of Scotland

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Serbia will face a tough challenge at Hampden Park
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Serbia will face a tough challenge at Hampden Park

Gordan Petric believes Serbia would be satisfied with a point from their opening World Cup qualifier against Scotland next month.

The nations begin the campaign they hope will take them to Brazil with a meeting at Hampden on September 8, with Craig Levein's men keen for maximum points before hosting Macedonia three days later.

Serbia may be 11 places ahead of their hosts in the FIFA world rankings but former international Petric does not believe a draw would be a disaster in their Group A opener, before they face Wales at home in their own double-header.

He said: "Generally, because it's the first game, so many players have just finished pre-season and started their leagues.

"The first game is so important for every single team. Serbia have a new manager and have some young players who play regularly for our team now.

"It's going to be an important game for us.

"A draw, from my point of view, would be a good score for us if we could take one point from the game but it's going to be very difficult for us."

He added: "Before, we had somebody like Stojkovic or Mijatovic or Stankovic.

"Now we have young players who hope to produce in every single game.

"Maybe the most dangerous player for Scotland might be Zoran Tosic from CSKA, who used to play for Manchester United. In his last four games, he has scored three goals and is probably in his best form just now."

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